Three Capes Signature Walk

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Join us for four incredible days on the iconic Three Capes Track.

Stay in the only private lodges within the national park and walk with our expert guides on this bucket list experience.

Ready to walk the world’s edge? Journey along some of the world’s highest sea cliffs with The Three Capes Signature Walk, the only fully guided Three Capes Track experience with accommodation inside the National Park.  The experience begins with salty wind in your hair – a boat cruise across to Denman’s Cove. It’s then onward to Crescent Bay Lodge, sitting loftily with views across to Cape Raoul.

Day two includes summiting Arthurs Peak (keep an eye out for sea eagles), making our way to Cape Pillar Lodge, home for the next two nights.  Perhaps a massage or invigorating outdoor bath while dinner is being prepared? Your pick for day three – an adventure through silver gum forest out to Cape Pillar and the infamous Blade or lazing the day away at the lodge.  We must say, the views out to Tasman Island from the Blade are something else.

Those with plenty of kilometres left in the legs can take a side trip on the final day out to Cape Hauy while others can choose a direct route to Fortescue Bay. From here, we’ll take you back to Hobart where we’ll raise a glass to our four days well spent!

 


Three Capes Signature Walk
 

  • Departures: year round departures
  • Fully guided: 4 days / 3 nights
  • Max group size 14, plus 2 experienced guides
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Trip start: Hobart, Australia
  • Trip end: Hobart, Australia
  • Distance 48kms 
  • Cost: prices from AUD$3,495
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Day
1

Hobart to Crescent Lodge

Approximately 2 hours of walking

At the start of your walk we will pick you up from MACq01 between 9.00am - 9.10am,  followed by the Old Woolstore between 9.05am - 9.15am. Or make your way down to our walkers base (164 Murray Street, Hobart) at 9.30am. Here you will meet your guides and have a briefing.

Upon arrival at Stewarts Bay we will make our way down to the jetty where our private boat will be waiting to depart for our short trip across to Denman’s Cove at 1.15pm. Cruising with views back to Port Arthur, aside from the possible seal and dolphin spotting, some of the highest dolerite cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere come into view, an indication of the drama to come.

A short wade ashore from the boat signals your arrival at Denman’s Cove. On day one, please wear shorts, zip-off walking trousers or pants that can be rolled above your knees. You may encounter knee-high waters, depending on where sandbanks have formed. At the beach, we’ll fuel you with local produce for lunch, in preparation for a gentle walk through coastal woodland to the rocky refuge of Surveyors Cove. At this point, if the Southern Ocean begs, head for a dip before a gradual incline up to the lodge.

Crescent Lodge is perched high, with far stretching views across Crescent Bay to Cape Raoul, with guest rooms spilling into the gully. Settle in with a warm shower as your guides-come-chefs prepare a three-course feast of local fare. Post dinner, take your Tassie pinot to a quiet deck for your own private sunset.

Accommodation: 
Crescent Lodge (private accommodation)

Meals included: 
Lunch and Dinner.

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Day
2

Crescent Lodge to Cape Pillar Lodge

Approximately 5 hours of walking

Wake to the silence of Crescent Lodge and wander down to the stunning dining room for a hearty breakfast to start the day. From here, head due south with views across Safety Cove and Maingon Bay to Bruny Island. Climbing Arthurs Peak, 300 metres above sea level, is worth the oceanic vista. In these parts, White Bellied Sea Eagles soar in the thermal currents, so be sure to look skyward. Lunch isn’t far away, an easy downhill descent to south-facing cliffs where pelagic seabirds are plenty - albatross, petrels and gannets. Here, there’s nothing between you and Antarctica.

Following lunch, skirt the edge of Tornado Ridge before heading south toward Cape Pillar Lodge, your base for the next two nights. Your pace might quicken in the knowledge there is a massage, facial or relaxation bath on offer at Cape Pillar Lodge.

Accommodation: 
Cape Pillar Lodge (private accommodation)

Meals included: 
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

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Day
3

Cape Pillar Lodge Return

Approximately 6 hours of walking (optional)

This is the most adventurous day of your journey. Today you’ll walk through silver gum forest (Eucalyptus Tenuiramis), a species endemic to the area, out to the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere. There’s little wonder Cape Pillar has been afforded other names – Hurricane Heath and Desolation Gully. A side trip to The Blade is a must, with staggering views across to Tasman Island.

Lunch is served at Chasm Lookout – with Tasman Island’s weathered lighthouse in sight. It’s then a direct return journey home to Cape Pillar Lodge where the relaxation pavilion, three-course goodness and ocean views await. By now, walking strangers might just have become firm friends. Unlace the boots, read a book with sea breeze in your toes.

Those with a penchant for pampering can forego today’s walk and spend the day at Cape Pillar Lodge. Enjoy one of our relaxing treatments ranging from 30 to 60 minutes and immerse yourself in the enchanting surrounds.

Accommodation: 
Cape Pillar Lodge (private accommodation)

Meals included: 
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

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Day
4

Cape Pillar Lodge to Fortescue Bay

Approximately 6 hours of walking (Cape Hauy side trip optional - additional 2 hours)

Time to farewell Cape Pillar's safe forest haven. From here you’ll cross Retakunna Creek (local indigenous dialect for creaking trees) en route to a patch of rainforest. Breathe it in – lush mosses, ferns and vibrant greens. Next mission is the peninsula’s highest peak, Mount Fortescue, climbing some 490 metres above sea level.  Enjoy lunch with leafy-framed ocean views overlooking The Monument.

Take the side trip and enjoy the majesty of Cape Hauy - or simply remain with the group for a final cliff-walk descent onto the cool white sands of Fortescue Bay. This is your chance to drop the pack and sink your toes in pristine sands or perhaps take a celebratory dive into the crystal clear waves.  We will then travel back to Hobart (approximately 5.45pm) via the airport (approximately 5.30pm).  We will finish in Hobart with a glass of celebratory bubbles.

Meals included: 
Breakfast and Lunch

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Three Capes trips depart year round.  For Signature and Adventure Walks, the season runs from September until the end of May we depart every other day for June through until August we schedule five departures per month. The Three Capes Long Weekend season is between October and April  For dates please refer to our booking calendar.

Our groups have exclusive use of the only private Lodge accommodation along the track.  Our lodges are architecturally designed to sit lightly within the environment with stunning views.  The Lodges do not forego creature comforts with plenty of lounge areas and a dedicated relaxation area at Cape Pillar Lodge.

Each trip requires a minimum of seven guests and has a maximum of 14 guests. All accommodation is twin share.

If you book on as a single walker or in an odd-numbered group and the trip fills to capacity, you will share a room with another walker of the same gender. 

As long as you exercise regularly, are capable of walking an average of 12km for four consecutive days (with the longest day being 18kms), and are comfortable with varied terrain, you’ll be fine!  This track is considered a "dry foot track" so mud will not be an issue!

On the morning of your departure, the guides will carry out a thorough gear check to ensure you have suitable gear and help you reduce pack weight.

If you adhere to our gear list, your pack will likely weigh between 7kg and 9.5kg. With special attention to reducing pack weight, your pack and its contents can weigh as little as 6.5 kg. 

Please note: This weight is based on the recommended water capacity for this walk. If you choose to carry more water, your pack weight will most likely weigh upwards of 9.5 kgs.

The pack and weatherproof jacket that we provide have a combined weight of 2.5 kg, leaving 4.5- 6.5 kg for your personal items.

The items on the gear list below will be packed into a 44-litre pack (provided) and carried by you.

Essential Gear List

When you depart Hobart it would be great if you could have all the gear you intend to take with you separated from any other luggage (perhaps in a garbage bag).  This will make the packing process run more smoothly.

Please wear shorts or have some shorts at the top of your pack on day one of the Signature Walk. The boat landing at Denmans Cove will require you to wade the short distance to shore.

  • Hiking shoes or trail runners (these need to be lace-up, above ankle hiking boots with cushioned sole) - We can not over-emphasise the importance of appropriate footwear.  Sand shoes, elasticised boots and similar are not acceptable. Boots/shoes must be worn in to minimise the risk of blisters. If you haven’t worn your boots for awhile please dust them off, take them for a walk and make sure the soles are still firmly attached to the boot.  There is nothing worse than your boot failing on day one.  You will be unable to commence the walk without the appropriate footwear, so please feel free to contact us for more details. We are more than happy to discuss footwear with you.
  • Polar fleece jacket (preferred), woollen jumper/pullover or thin lightweight down or synthetic puffer jacket.
  • Light jumper (warm)
  • Beanie 
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Shorts and/or light walking trousers
  • Thermal base layer (long-sleeved top and long johns - merino or polypropylene)
  • Warm, long pants (evening lodge wear)
  • Shirts/t-shirts (merino or polypropylene; 2 recommended)
  • Socks (3 pairs recommended)
  • Underwear
  • Lightweight non-slip footwear (crocs/sports sandals; for lodge and bathroom use)
  • Sun hat & sunscreen (small bottle for use during the day)
  • Travel towel or body chamois (for showering; light and quick-drying)
  • Water bottle(s) or water bladder (A minimum of 3-litre total capacity required; our packs can fit a water bladder - just ask your guides)
  • A small travel mug or keep cup for hot drinks during the day out on the track
  • Head torch
  • Any personal medication, including anti-inflammatories and EpiPens
  • A small bottle of hand sanitiser to use whilst on track. You can refill at the lodges each evening
  • Sunglasses
  • Long-sleeve shirt for sun protection while walking

* DENIM AND COTTON CLOTHING ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR WALKING

Recommended Gear List

  • Walking poles (assists with balance and muscle fatigue)
  • Water-proof over pants (highly recommended- particularly in winter months)
  • Camera
  • Spare batteries or USB (Type A) power cord for camera. USB (Type A) cable if wanting to charge a mobile phone. If the power outlet end of your phone cable is not USB Type A, please bring a USB wall charger as well as the cable. To conserve power at the lodges we ask you to please unplug your phone once it has charged.

Optional Gear List

  • Bathers (for swimming and for the plunge bath at Cape Pillar Lodge)
  • Small mirror (especially if you wear contact lenses)
  • Ankle gaiters

* Tip: Layering of clothing has long been the basis for dressing in the outdoors and the gear list above follows this principle. When the temperature drops, we add another layer of insulation; if it rains, we add a rain shell on top and when it’s warm and dry, we strip off a layer.

* Your comfort and enjoyment are of paramount importance to us, and our intention is to keep your pack weight to a minimum. Aim for one set of warm clothes for evening and another set to wear whilst walking. Thermals are necessary due to their lightweight, quick-drying and warm properties.

* While the lodges include drying rooms for wet gear, they do not incorporate laundry facilities. If you adhere to the packing list, you should be all set for the duration of your walk.

* Please note that guides will do a thorough gear check prior to departure. If you are unsure about anything on the gear list, please call us or talk to your local outdoor adventure store.

What we provide

  • 44L-litre canvas pack  (available on the morning of departure) and pack liner 
  • Rain jacket (3-layer membrane; waterproof and breathable - available on the morning of departure)
  • Pack liner
  • Sleep kits - Lightweight travel quilt cover and fitted sheet carried by you (our quilts are specifically designed for us and provided in the Lodges)
  • Lunch container and cutlery
  • Small day pack for return walk Cape Pillar Lodge - Blade - Cape Pillar Lodge (Three Capes Signature Walk) and for Cape Raoul and Mt Brown (Three Capes Adventure Walk)
  • Basic toiletries (sunscreen, after sun care, insect repellent, Sorbolene-based moisturiser; available at each lodge)
  • Bio-degradable liquid soap (also suitable as a shampoo; available at each lodge - we would appreciate it if you used our soap, as it is phosphorus-free and suited to our greywater systems)
  • Library offering a range of books and games (including field guides) 


* Please note: any luggage not required on your walk can be stored at our office and will be returned to you at the conclusion of your walk.

If you have your own hiking gear please feel free to bring it along to use.  If you do bring your own rain jacket, our guides will ensure it is suitable on the morning of your departure.

We strongly recommend travel insurance. Consideration needs to be given to our cancellation policy, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc.

Our guides are passionate outdoor enthusiasts, educated interpreters and fantastic cooks all rolled into one. Two knowledgeable guides accompany each trip. This allows plenty of time for interpretation at interesting points along the track, photo opportunities, rest breaks and walking at your own pace.

All meals and snacks are provided. The guides prepare scrumptious meals each night. We are quite happy to cater for special dietary requirements, we just need to know in advance.  We use fresh Tasmanian produce and evening meals are served with a selection of Tasmanian wines. 

*Please note in the best interests of our guests and staff we promote the responsible service of alcohol.

The Relaxation Pavilion is only available on walks that visit Cape Pillar Lodge.

At the start of your walk:  We pick up from MACq01 between 9am and 9.10am and then The Old Woolstore between 9.05am and 9.15am (please not depending on traffic conditions our bus may be up to 10 minutes late). The shuttle bus will not collect from hotels unless we’re advised that you need collection. Alternatively you can make your own way to our walker’s base  located at 164 Murray Street, Hobart at 9.30am. 

If you are staying at The Henry Jones Art Hotel you are across the street from MACq01 so please cross the road for collection. If you are staying anywhere else within Hobart, please make your way to our walkers base by 9.30am sharp (located at 164 Murray Street). 

At the conclusion of your walk: The group will arrive back into Hobart at approximately 5.45pm for some celebratory bubbles with a Hobart airport drop off between 5.15pm and 5.30pm. We will begin hotel transfers at 7:00pm.

The minimum age for guests on our Three Capes Signature Walk is 10 years old.

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